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Causes and Symptoms of Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor circulation in the feet can be a distressing issue that affects both your comfort and overall health. Several factors can contribute to this condition. One primary cause is atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the arteries that restricts blood flow. Diabetes can lead to neuropathy and arterial damage, resulting in circulatory problems. Additionally, smoking damages blood vessels, reducing circulation. Peripheral artery disease narrows the arteries, often causing discomfort. Blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, can obstruct blood flow. Symptoms of poor circulation in the feet include cold feet, numbness, tingling, and muscle cramps. Skin discoloration, slow wound healing, and the development of leg ulcers are also common signs.  Addressing the underlying causes and adopting a healthier lifestyle can improve circulation and overall well-being. Poor circulation is a serious condition that can affect the feet. If you suffer from this condition, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward treatment options and relief.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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